Gender Issues

Women Making a Difference: Myanmar Dr. Thant Htet

Myanmar – On International Women’s Day, March 8th, 2017 it is important to recognize women who make significant contributions to their communities. 

Tears of Joy as Water Washes Away Years of Gender-Based Violence in Papua New Guinea

Labu Tale, sitting on the edge of a deep inlet in Papua New Guinea is a very traditional Papuan village, with distinctive customs and rituals. These have deep significance even today as speedboats and mobile phones open it up to the modern world.

Cookhouse Confidential: Menstruation in a Tropical Paradise

Marshall Islands – Pure blue ocean waters, coconut trees lining the horizon and untouched beaches scattered across hundreds of kilometers of ocean. It sounds like a tropical paradise, and is a tropical paradise, for some, some of the time.

Mensaje del Director General de la OIM con motivo del Día Internacional de la Mujer en 2016

Al conmemorar el Día Internacional de la Mujer en 2016, la Organización Internacional para las Migraciones (OIM) reafirma su compromiso inquebrantable con la igualdad de género y el empoderamiento

Message du Directeur général de l’OIM à l’occasion de la Journée internationale de la femme 2016

Genève, Suisse - A l’occasion de la Journée internationale de la femme 2016, l’Organisation internationale pour les migrations (OIM) réaffirme son engagement sans faille en faveur

IOM Director General’s Message on International Women’s Day 2016

Geneva, Switzerland – On International Women’s Day 2016, IOM reaffirms its unwavering commitment to gender equality and empowerment for women.

Driving Off Gender Inequalities

Bangladesh – As the first female driver in the IOM Mission in Bangladesh, Masuma Shemu has paved the way for other women to break into male dominated professions and help strike down gender discrimination in the work place.

We All Have “Unconscious Biases.” What Are Yours?

Consultant Tanya Odom answers questions about our unconscious biases.

Protecting Young Female Migrants from Gender Based Violence with Solar Lamps

Ghana - Internal migration is prevalent in Ghana, where young girls from the rural north move to the urban city markets of Accra, Kumasi and Takoradi in the south.

A Pledge for Parity

Gender-based violence (GBV) is an umbrella term for any harmful act that is perpetrated against a person’s will and that is based on gender differences.

Improving Livelihoods and Standing Together: Changing Communities in Sri Lanka


© IOM 2015

By Marina Gandhi and Emily Wiseman

In Mallikaithivu village in the Northern Province of Sri Lanka, local women are finding their voice and improving their livelihoods through support meetings and trainings.

The women in this community have faced many challenges, after years of conflict. They include low income, the squandering of their income on alcohol by men in the village, and in some cases, domestic violence.

“I Want to Inspire More Women to Become Carpenteras”


© IOM/Alan Motus 2014

By Charisse Licaña

I am a newly trained carpenter, having recently spent 10 days learning how to rebuild houses. I was also the only woman on the course, out of 19 participants. In the Philippines, carpentry is still seen as a man’s occupation. It makes me proud to think that I’m helping to change people’s minds.